Fiona Sweetheart reports from London: Yes, that’s me, Fiona, back from the mean streets of Brussels, where I was watching the stunning Baroness Ashton run her fingers through the hair of EU politics, to dwell into subjects closer to home.
I’m talking here about the film Diana which tells about the last two years of Princess Diana, not the best of her years, if you ask me, that has Oscar winner Naomi Watts playing the Princess.
I know, I know, Naomi looks nothing like Diana. Even Oprah Winfrey looks more like Diana. In fact, even George Clooney, my favourite actor of all time, looks more like Diane, if you take away you know what. The facial stubble, I mean. But wait till you hear what happened to Naomi recently. As she was trying to get under Diana’s skin, as all talented actresses do when they research their roles, she got word from the other side from the Princess herself, giving her permission to play her in the film.
How exciting is that? And no alcohol or banned substances were involved in this. Just two women, from this life and the next, talking to each other and developing a certain bond. It’s so romantic that I honestly could cry for hours.
The film is coming to the cinemas next month and tells the story of Princess Diana’s relationship with, first with the dashing heart surgeon, Dr Hasnat Khan, and then with Dodi al Fayed, the man who died with her in that car crash. The film reveals the intensity of the two affairs and even tells us that the Princess and Dr Khan were actually considering marriage and moving to Australia, to grow old together under the watchful eye of the paparazzi. Failing to secure that, with Dr Kahn getting cold feet, like so many men do, Diana moves her attention and love to Dodi and suffers terribly as the media haunts her, even though she likes nothing more than to be left alone with her chosen one and possibly future husband. the scene when Diana, played by Naomi, is running away from the snappers is pure drama. Oscar stuff, if you ask me. If only Tom Cruise played Dodi, it would have been a masterpiece. Or if John Travolta was involved in some way.
The makes of the film, who obviously picked the last two years of Dian’s life as their subject out of purely artistic considerations, have told the world that they approached her affairs with sensitivity and deep respect for the late Princess. As for Naomi, she has expressed hope that Princess William and Harry won’t get upset with her playing their Mum, and even feel good about it. And why shouldn’t they?
I don’t know about you, but I would have felt good about Naomi playing my mother, who would be having meaningful relationships with different men. It’s so moving and touching really, and Naomi is such a huge talent, and has a big heart. She doesn’t look at all like Diana, not in the slightest, but does it really matter? Hasnat Khan doesn’t look like the real life Hasnat Khan in the film as well, but that has no bearing on his affair with Princess Naomi. And Dodi doesn’t look like the real life Dodi, but that gives the film even more passion and realism and edge. It’s always a joy to see actors playing real life characters, when they have nothing in common with them. It’s what real art is all about.
Cynics would say though that there was no point in making a film about the last years of Princess Diana’s life, as it wasn’t really her greatest period. But cynics always say things like that. They can’t really understand the beauty of a woman banned from the Royal Family, trying to find happiness in the arms of two Muslim men – and failing.